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Good book but don't read just this one to prepare a natural childbirth
on January 5, 2014
I read "New active birth" just in time for my labor! The yoga postures were really great - in fact, they were 90% the same as the ones we practiced during my prenatal yoga classes, and this really worked for me to feel centered and focused during birth; however, I would question how easy it is for someone not familiar with basic yoga poses to start doing them from a book rather than a class, where the teacher can correct your pose if needed.If you already practice yoga though, this is very helpful.
There was also a very complete and informative chapter on waterbirth better than naything else I read on the topic.
On the other hand, as much as I agree with the book's emphasis on natural birth, it is pretty hardcore- there is this paragraph where it says how you can always go for an epidural if you must, but really think twice about it and how much better it is to give birth naturally, the whole guilt trip, which I thought was a bit of a shame; in this respect I liked "Birth skills : proven pain management techniques" better, it felt less judgmental and also more inspirational.
The book goes beyond labor and birth to explain breastfeeding etc which is maybe a little misleading considering the title; all in all, it is an interesting read if you are thinking about a natural childbirth, but I would not read this as the only book to prepare.
It would not have been enough on its own to get me through my natural labor- I personally needed more of a kick/inspiration to go through with it, which I achieved through other books (Birth skills being the main one), other people's stories and prenatal yoga classes.